IMDS

The greatest change in chemicals regulation started in 2000 with the introduction of the International Material Data System (IMDS), a standard in the automotive industry for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The web-based system solved the problem that the auto industry had in keeping track of the thousands of articles included in the production of a single vehicle, provided by many different suppliers (Tier 1, Tier 2, etc.). Knowing what is included their product enables auto makers to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation.

 

Impact: High

This commercial standard is used by the biggest OEMs. Today in the auto market, you cannot make sales if you haven’t submitted your product information to the IMDS.